Sunday, January 24, 2016

Cheesecake and Chocolate loaf cake

 Easy weekday or weekend dessert. 

I have found thru many years of baking that it's always good to have an extra cake mix or two handy for times like today.  Cake mixes are an inexpensive way to make an easy dessert.  Whether you top it with cool whip or icing or do like I did adding a little extra to make it really appealing.  I found that stocking up on cream cheese and cool whip too can help.  I find Aldi's to have the best prices on cream cheese at .89 cents and it's just as good as name brands so save money and buy a few when they are on sale.

I took a simple chocolate cake mix, cream cheese and two disposable loaf pans and made this Chocolate and cream cheese loaf.  Actually two loaves.  One for today and one to freeze for one of my sweet tooth craving days.  Great for parties and family gatherings too!

Make one chocolate cake mix according to directions.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl place softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, pinch of salt, vanilla and one egg.
Beat until creamy.

1 chocolate cake mix made according to directions

For the cheesecake filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar

pinch of salt
1 large egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract 

2 medium loaf pans( I used disposal pans)

Spray loaf pans with cooking spray.
Pour half or a little more of chocolate cake in both pans.

Top with cheesecake filling and pour remainder of chocolate cake on top.

Note:  Next time I will take heaping tablespoons of chocolate cake mix and leave some of the cheesecake mix exposed.  I think it would a bit nicer.  Mine settled on the bottom which was ok for us but if you want a more even distribution between cake and cream cheese this way may be better.

Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

After completely cooled dust with powdered sugar if desired.

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